With the NJ Legislature currently in session working on the 2018-2019 budget, it is critically important that $5 million state allocation for CAC-MDT Fund, allocated to support the development of new CACs and the enhancement of existing ones, be restored. The funding was not included in Governor Murphy’s budget draft, but we are optimistic that helping the Governor and our legislators understand the value of CACs will lead to the restoration of funding.
To help support the CAC movement and the goal of ensuring that every child victim of abuse has access to an accredited CAC, you may contact your state representatives and let them know that you support restoring $5 million in non-lapsing funds to the Child Advocacy Center-Multidisciplinary Team (CAC-MDT) Fund. Here are a few talking points you can use when calling or e-mailing:
- Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-focused centers that research demonstrates help abused children heal, hold offenders accountable, support non-offending family and save taxpayer dollars.
- CACs have been recognized as the gold standard for investigating child abuse cases.
- In 2014, there were 12,000 identified child victims of abuse. Annually, approximately 2500 children are served by existing CACs, leaving over 8,000 children without access to CAC services, including the high need areas of Trenton, Camden, Atlantic City and Jersey City.
- We ask the legislature to support hope, healing and justice for child abuse victims by funding the development and enhancement of Children’s Advocacy Centers in all 21 counties.
To find out who your state reps are and how to contact them, you can search here.